Sterling celebrated his, and Manchester City's, opening goal of the 2018-19 Premier League season with a gesture aimed at silencing his critics following his goalless World Cup campaign for England this summer. With an extra speed merchant, Arsenal opened up City a handful of times in the following moments. Emery, even if successful in the long-term, will probably take time to assert himself at a club used to only one man for 22 years.
Catching City isn't the immediate target for the Gunners, who last won the title in 2004. Emery has confirmed his return to full training this week, and with a good pre-season under his belt, Ramsey could be donning the armband against the champions.
Emery's side continued with their pressing approach and nearly forced an equaliser as Hector Bellerin cut inside and tested Ederson with a drilled effort.
New Gunners boss Unai Emery couldn't have asked for a tougher fixture to make his Premier League bow than one against a manager he has never beaten.
Here is how you can catch all the action of this first big Premier League match of the season. Daniel Sturridge converted his first touch after coming on as a late substitute.
"We can do our job the same as last season but maybe Liverpool or United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham can do much better and they win".
"I thought it was a good pass myself", Hughes joked.
Guardiola said: "People say we now have to forget what we did last season". The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: "We need to protect the goalkeepers". Despite this, he regularly broke forward to offer an attacking outlet, and actually had Arsenal's best attempt of the first half. Maybe that was apprehension at the beginning of the new season, maybe we were erring on the side of safety.
The Spaniard admitted that his side needed to improve, but was content with what he saw from his players over the course of the 90 minutes. I repeat: "organised, then play".
Guardiola urged Sterling and City to reach some middle ground, saying: 'I've not spoken to him about his contract. You've got to have the nous, understand what's happening and make changes to turn it your way. "We've just got to focus on ourselves and we need to get these games out of the way one by one".
"It's very tight", Burnley manager Sean Dyche said.